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Confessions of a graying metalhead



I got off work an hour ago and we got beat up again. They were trying new processes and new products and of course without training for the operators so once again maintenance is putting out one fire after another in an effort to keep everything moving.

Anyway after I punch the clock and get in my truck the radio comes on and I hear a tasty old favorite of mine "The Green Manalishi (With the Two Prong Crown) by Judas Priest which brings a smile to my face as I put the truck into drive keeping time on the steering wheel.

The final chords of the song are fading and the next cut on is another tune to get the blood pumping "Easy Living" by Uriah Heep. Bigger smile, start doing a little drum beat on the steering wheel now and my head is bobbing just a bit.

Entering town now with the windows down when the opening chords of "Enter Sandman" by Metallica come out of my speakers which I now turn up to 11 (if you're reading this you have seen "This is Spinal Tap" and know what I mean) and start doing some serious air drumming. At a stop light the driver in the next car wants to know what station I'm listening to, and I let him know it's 97.1 WDRV Chicago, he tunes it in and he had a LOUD setup in his car so it was good!

Got to my turn for the home stretch and just as I'm pulling up to my house the DJ starts playing "Won't Get Fooled Again" by The Who--and I'm in a quandary: go in the house or listen to the greatest head banging, air guitar, air drumming song ever written....so I sit.

Now mind you, I'm 59 years old, I have 3 children in their 30s and here I am listening to this great song as loud as my speakers will handle it, at 1130 at night in a residential area. The song comes to the part where all you hear is the organ playing chords in the middle when the great Keith Moon comes in with his drums and the pace quickens and the maniacal drumming builds until Roger Daltrey lets out the blood curdling scream that all other singers try for and never can equal.

Pete Townsend flies in with his guitar, and all this time I'm drumming like a madman banging my head and playing my air guitar.

Then Roger sings the close, "Meet the new boss, same as the old boss" I do my best Pete Townsend windmills to his final chords and it's done and I realize I was still in the front seat of my truck, in the dark, all alone.

I must never do this again, I must act my age, what would the neighbors think....especially my next door neighbor. The Captain on the city police force neighbor.........ahhh, forget them. It's only rock and roll!

I'm tired, but I pick up my lunchbox smiling, walk in the house and realize the day didn't suck so bad after all. I'm almost retirement age but I'll be a headbanger until the very end.

Good night everyone

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Forget the neighbors man! I'm a metalhead of a different kind but the feeling is the same. I'm very passionate about music and listen to almost anything ( from dubstep to rap to what is sometimes described as "screamo"...stupid name) depending on my mood but when it comes to rock, or anything of the sort, metal is always my first choice.

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what a wonderful post! I felt like I was right there with you

the heck with acting how you think other people expect you too

baby boomers are redefining age appropriate

rock on!

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You know anything titled "confessions" draws me like a bee to honey! :haha:

Loved the metal bands . . . so many great ones.

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Great blog, subvet. And, I am so there with you.

One can often find me rocking out to my favorite tunes.

The problem I have is that I always forget to turn down the volume after exiting my car.

That can lead to quite a jolt when I or others next turn the key.

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I also listen to the oldies station and have a tape of Wacky Oldies - Surfer Bird, Jolly Green Giant, Alley Oop and couple others on. Think those were on! Guess I'm a little older than you as these songs led up to JJ, Jefferson Air, Byrds, Steppenwolf and such then to the mellow rock, Hall and Oates, Lovin Spoonful. That's if my memories serves me right! lol

Happy Easter!

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urusai, I also listened to the oldies you mentioned in my youth, I grew up on Buffalo Springfield, the Byrds, and the Grateful Dead. My very first concert was in 1966 at the old Indiana State Fairgrounds Coliseum where I saw the Beatles in their American tour, all I remember of it is lots of screaming and the girls throwing clothing at them and a band playing faintly in the distance.....

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subvet, my cousin sort of baby sat me so I was forced to listen Rock Around the Clock, Paul Anka, The Chipmunks and Elvis. Heck back then even the radio was black and white!

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I just read this and immediately was ready for the day. It made me laugh, smile, and reminded me how old I am getting. HA HA!

To have Judas Priest, Uriah Heep, Metallica, and the Who for a trip home after a 'long night' is a true rush! (Was there any Rush?)

Hang in there subvet, those 13 hour nights....will end soon. You will miss some of it.....and a whole lot of it you will not!! Thanks again for a nice post to start the day!!!

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I can relate subvet. Well written. I don't like metal much at all, but The Who are one of my all-time favorites, and I would never dream of shutting off "Won't get Fooled Again" mid-song. "Sharing" it with the neighbors is also something that I consider a civic responsibility. lol.

About 10 years ago when we had only recently bought our house, and I had only recently bought a truck with a CD player for the first time, and when I used to work utterly absurd hours on a constant basis, I used to often arrive home late and trying to unwind by enjoying some loud music. Of course I always had to let the song finish. In the interests of efficiency, I would usually open the door and turn the sound up even louder so that I could hear it while I walked back down the driveway to get the mail. Of course if the next song started before I arrived back with the mail..........

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We all need to release pressure valves & the rigors of our work week. Never be ashamed to blare some quality metal subvet!!! Your A okay in my book pal. Keep rockin' subvet!!!

The louder the better I always say...

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You are acting your age! No need to ever stop head bangin' or enjoying great music! Viva la vida!!! And it's good to know, I'm not the only that does this!

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